Who says the economy is sluggish? According to my emails things are booming world-wide. Just yesterday I got an email from a man named Darryl Epp offering me a 10 percent commission on certain payments that I would receive on behalf of an as yet unnamed client. Sounds like easy money to me. And wouldn’t you know it– on the same day “Roger” wrote to advise that there is a pouch waiting for me in Rome and wondering if I want to come to Rome to pick it up or do I want it delivered.A company called iSexyBody wants to know if I am afraid to go to the beach because I am ashamed of my body. Well… actually…yes. I wonder how they knew? Then I got a sad note from a Gerado Fisch telling me of a client who perished in the 2004 Tsunami in Sumatra. He needs a little help settling her estate which is valued at 15 Million Euros. I’m too busy to follow up on these leads but it occurred to me that Roger in Rome appears to have some time on his hands so perhaps I will put him in touch with Mr. Fisch to see if he can help out with the Sumatran estate problem.
The British newspaper the Daily Mail (my favourite source of news) has apologized to Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria for suggesting that Mrs. Baldwin was Tweeting during the funeral for James Gandolfini. I didn’t know this, but apparently the time stamps on Tweets are frequently inaccurate. So while the Daily Mail reporter was following a bunch of Tweets from Hilaria talking about making smoothies on the Rachael Ray Show, with time stamps that coincided with the Soprano star’s funeral; upon further investigation it was found that the messages were actually posted hours later. Regrettably the discovery of the error and apology came too late as Baldwin, noted for his fiery outbursts, had already posted an enraged Tweet in which he called the Daily Mail reporter a “toxic queen.” Later Baldwin apologized for what some took to be a homophobic slur, and cancelled his Twitter account. I know Alec Baldwin has a short fuse, but I still think he is one of the funniest comedic actors around. His commercials for Capital One credit cards are hilarious. Sometimes I think we expect too much from these celebrities. I mean do they really owe us any more than a good performance? Speaking of Gandolfini his death brought back memories for Hamilton businessman Gabe Macaluso who got to spend time with the actor and the rest of the cast of the Sopranos a few years back as part of a charity appearance made by the crew in Hamilton.
My own memory of Gandolfini was watching him perform onstage in New York in Broadway’s God of Carnage with Marcia Gay Harden, Hope Davis and Jeff Daniels. The Sopranos had ended its run on HBO a couple of years earlier and what had been predicted as a an opportunity for a major career in the movies hadn’t materialized for Gandolfini, and as it turned out—never would. But his performance that night, working with some material that really wasn’t all that good,(apologies to playwright Yasmina Reza, but a number of critics agreed with me) and against some actors with a lot more stage experience than he had, was outstanding. It is always great to watch actors work, and on that night, Gandolfini got the job done.